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I find this wrong and bad, and shall correct this. Ealing's Charles Crichton plus a great ensemble cast plus a pretty superior set of riffs on Shaw's 'England and America are two countries separated by a common language' aphorism = genius.

"...Apologize..."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Apologise

beanz (beanz), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:09 (sixteen years ago) link

Hahahah! (But the line was spoken by Kevin Kline, so.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:10 (sixteen years ago) link

Common language indeed :)

Somehow a really good film despite silly ending. Gratuitous animal cruelty throughout is a good touch – the whole thing's cartoony enough to get away with its excesses

beanz (beanz), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:11 (sixteen years ago) link

All the dog-smushing, etc. was perfectly timed.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:12 (sixteen years ago) link

K-k-ken dancing when the old woman finally pops it.

Archie's transformation at court is fairly well done too – esp when he starts being able to lie convincingly e.g. saying he'd been coaching whatshername

beanz (beanz), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:14 (sixteen years ago) link

"I Wendy...I Wanda..."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:20 (sixteen years ago) link

aristotle was not belgian

geoff (gcannon), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:21 (sixteen years ago) link

the london underground is not a political movement

geoff (gcannon), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:22 (sixteen years ago) link

the central tenet of buddhism is not 'every man for himself'

geoff (gcannon), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:22 (sixteen years ago) link

aristotle was not belgian

Huh?

Nathalie (stevie nixed), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:24 (sixteen years ago) link

what about Fierce Creatures???? (which I never saw)

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:43 (sixteen years ago) link

I remember Fierce Creatures as not being very good but having some amusing moments. Might be worth watching on video/DVD.

n/a (Nick A.), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:54 (sixteen years ago) link

ASSHO-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-E!!!!

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 17:14 (sixteen years ago) link

two years pass...

i tried to watch this last night and couldn't make it all the way through. I saw this a LOT in the years after it came out, I realized; and I certainly thought it was the funniest thing ever at the time, a slightly more sophisticated take on python humor, but now it just seems kind of bland and bloodless. also, a lot of kline's timing seems...off.

akm, Thursday, 6 March 2008 23:57 (fourteen years ago) link

Interesting in having started this thread I can't say I've seen it in years. Maybe like Princess Bride and most Mel Brooks movies it's best left in the past...

Ned Raggett, Friday, 7 March 2008 03:35 (fourteen years ago) link

princess bride and a lot of mel brooks holds up!

well, i havent seen princess bride in a while. but young frankenstein / the producers = awesome still. blazing saddles... so-so.

this... probably not.

s1ocki, Friday, 7 March 2008 03:39 (fourteen years ago) link

have i covered all the bases there?

s1ocki, Friday, 7 March 2008 03:39 (fourteen years ago) link

It is love. Absolutely agreed on YF/The Producers being Mel's peak, especially if you also include The Twelve Chairs, which everyone always forgets.

"EPILEPSY!"

Ned Raggett, Friday, 7 March 2008 03:49 (fourteen years ago) link

"High Anxiety" is pretty awesome, too.

"A Fish Called Wanda" basically lives and dies by the interplay between the 4 main characters. When they're awesome, it's awesome. When they're not, it's not.

HI DERE, Friday, 7 March 2008 03:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Now if you'll excuse me I have more painfully banal, obvious shit to post on other threads.

HI DERE, Friday, 7 March 2008 03:56 (fourteen years ago) link

I remember my parents coming back from seeing "A Fish Called Wanda" at the cinema and trying to explain to me as a (probably) sub-10-year-old boy why it was probably the funniest thing they'd ever seen.

krakow, Friday, 7 March 2008 07:51 (fourteen years ago) link

four years pass...

Aristotle was not Belgian.

Haven't seen this movie since my Dad took the whole family to see it, having apparently forgotten from the first time he'd seen it (weeks earlier??) just how raunchy it was.

this is the dream of avril and chad (jer.fairall), Monday, 15 October 2012 01:54 (ten years ago) link

five years pass...

“You’re the vulgarian, YOU FUCK!”

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 21 July 2018 20:40 (four years ago) link

do shut up, portia

mookieproof, Saturday, 21 July 2018 20:45 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

Not sure if this film has any more contemporary cred, but I laughed out loud several times in my first viewing in more than a decade.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 00:44 (seven months ago) link

"England is a fine country!"

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 00:44 (seven months ago) link

Hated this movie, sorry to rain on anyone’s parade.

The Central Rockaliser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 00:46 (seven months ago) link

Haven't seen in forever, but every now and then I remember that my parents took my sister and I to see this when we were 9 and 10, and I realize that I had an awesome childhood.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 01:14 (seven months ago) link

I've watched it twice and enjoyed it both times, but I think that twice is about my limit for this one and a third screening would just fall flat.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 03:40 (seven months ago) link

I was just thinking about this the other day thanks to Kevin Kline's brief appearance in the Linda Ronstadt documentary. Like Alfred said it seems to have fallen away a bit but Kline deserved that Oscar.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 03:43 (seven months ago) link

years ago a coworker & i went to a suburban deli we had heard made good sandwiches. it looked like a mob front, dingy linoleum room with just a table two chairs & a counter. we would have left right then but they had a tv on in the corner that was playing Fish called Wanda - so we ordered, ate some legit great sandwiches & laughed our asses off, best lunch i ever ate

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 03:55 (seven months ago) link

Sometimes I watch this and it seems leaden, dated and overfussily scripted. And sometimes it's a gas. But KK and JLC are classic in either viewing. And my kink for topless Italian Cleese remains undiminished after many decades

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 09:08 (seven months ago) link

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that sounds amazing. the times when you get the right movie, the right friend, the right chair and the right food are some of the happiest memories in my life

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 09:13 (seven months ago) link

Hated this movie, sorry to rain on anyone’s parade.

Same.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 11:50 (seven months ago) link

"you spineless bimbo"

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 11:52 (seven months ago) link

However impossible it is to think of John Cleese as anything but a horse's ass now, I watched this thing and realized he was (then) a credible romantic lead.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 12:18 (seven months ago) link

Hey when your character's name is the real name of Cary Grant...

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 14:36 (seven months ago) link

Didn't something happen to his throat?

The Central Rockaliser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 14:38 (seven months ago) link

Limey fruits!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 14:41 (seven months ago) link

Kline's winning that Oscar is one of the bigger Oscar wtfs of the last 40 years. He'd won no precursors.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 14:46 (seven months ago) link

As we all know, winning awards for comedy roles that are not specifically comedy roles is forbidden by the UN Treaty Against Laughter.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 15:08 (seven months ago) link

This movie is irritating like a Terry Pratchett novel

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 15:54 (seven months ago) link

OMG

The Central Rockaliser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 15:55 (seven months ago) link

Wanna know something? Even if you were my brother I'd still wanna fuck you.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 15:58 (seven months ago) link

Ben Hecht, eat your heart out.

The Central Rockaliser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 16:04 (seven months ago) link

Ben Hecht, eat your heart me out.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 16:10 (seven months ago) link

seven months pass...

I had fond memories of this so decided to watch it again and was surprised by 1) how old-fashioned it was 2) how extremely unpleasant it was

Also that I had forgotten Kevin Kline's existence. He comes across as a kind of younger Steve Martin in this.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 21 November 2022 11:21 (one week ago) link

Don't call me stupid.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 November 2022 14:10 (one week ago) link


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